I have been dreaming of a cherry salad for the past few weeks. I LOVE cherries and the endless amount of delicious recipes to use them in. So often the recipes are for tarts and pies and crumbles and ice creams and popsicles etc etc. This time I thought I would try something different and I’m sooo happy I did. This salad is wonderful. Make it, I promise if you like cherries and you like asparagus, your mouth and tummy will love you for it. Oh and did I mention…it’s super good for you! You’re welcome.
- 1 bunch asparagus, grilled and cut into one inch pieces
- 2 cups cherries. pitted and sliced
- 2 cups quinoa, cooked
- mixed salad greens- as much as you like
- goats cheese
- Roasted almonds or walnuts, optional
- 1/2 lemon
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard, more or less depending on how much you like mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
For the salad:
Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Once it has cooked set aside to cool. Wash and pit the cherries. Cut into quarters. Wash the asparagus. Toss with a little olive oil to coat then grill it. I used my square skillet grill from Le Creuset. I love the way asparagus tastes cooked on it. Once the asparagus has cooled, cut into one inch pieces. Toss together the quinoa, cherries and asparagus. Mix with most of the dressing. Mix the remaining dressing with your mixed greens. To serve: place a handful of lettuce on each plate top with quinoa mixture and sprinkle with goats cheese. You can also throw in some roasted almonds or walnuts. Enjoy!
For the dijon vinaigrette:
In a small bowl add the oil. Sprinkle in the salt and whisk together. Add the vinegar, lemon and Dijon, Whisk together. Pepper to taste.